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The keynote speaker will be Ida Mukuka who has been travelling in Australia and will have much to share about the new Grandmothers groups there as well as her many wonderful stories of our African Grandmothers. Along with Ida, Joanna Henry will be there as well. She is the author of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. This is the long-awaited book which includes stories from both Canadian and African Grandmothers. Some of you will remember the photographer at our AGM/Celebration Tea who was taking pictures to be included in the book. October is the official book launch and so we will have an early preview and insights of the book. We are hoping to host a book launch here in Calgary as well.

As part of our goal to work in solidarity with our sister groups in southern Alberta, we will be sending out a call for donations of baking for the Saturday morning breakfast. This will be our contribution to the gathering. Other Grandmothers groups will be lending a hand in other ways to support our special time together.

With Red Deer only an hour-and-a-half away, we hope that we’ll have many members coming for this annual event.



JEWELRY CRAFTERS: If you want to create handmade jewelry for the Bags, Babies, and Beyond sale, please join us the first Wednesday morning of every month.
• Karen McManus will share her stash of beads, buttons, findings, old jewelry that needs to be “repurposed”, and ideas for pieces that could sell well.
• Leigh Aquart will share her stash of beads, findings, embellishments and coach anyone who wants to try bead weaving (peyote stitch, brick stitch, Ndebele stitch and using a bead loom).
Wednesday August 2 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 NOON.
After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your registration and location within a day or two. There is room for a maximum of 6 people at these informal workshops.

Coffee and tea will be provided. Please bring your own snacks and reading glasses too!